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Hidden Powers

(Superordinary Society #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Superordinary Society: Book One

Jazz Vanessen is weird—and not just because he’s a werewolf. For most of his life, he’s felt different from his alpha male brothers and friends. Since he’s adopted, he can’t even blame it on family.

Now eighteen, Jazz meets his idol, the social activist Lysandra Mason, and her breathtaking nephew, Dash Mercury. When Dash is around, even
ebook, 1st edition, 278 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
DNF at 16%. No rating.

I'm giving up on this one. The beginning is a total info dump with backstories about a dozen characters squished together in a few chapters. I actually stopped and double checked numerous times to make sure this wasn't the 4th or 5th in a series (since it's billed as a stand-alone). I couldn't even follow what was happening. THEN I realized that the story is actually a part of the Harker Pack world (, which I have NOT read. I was
Elaine White
DNF'd at 15%. Which, according to GR consensus, is about as far as anyone is going to get into this novel. Which makes me angry for the following reasons:


This book is NOT the first in a series! Do not be fooled by the advertisements. It is a continuation of a previous series in this author's catalogue. The ONLY reason it's been called a NEW series, is because the characters are younger and they're branding it “Harker Pack meets Harry Potter”. Which is pretty brave, if you ask me. The Harker
Erica Chilson
I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

DNF @12%: automatically rated 3-stars, simply because if this isn't rated, it might not be visible to those who click the reviews based on ratings.

When I see the first in a series, I assume it's the first in a series. If it's a spin-off or sister series, I hope the author/publisher gives the reader a heads up in the blurb or in the series title. This has happened so many times over the past few years, that I'm now starting
Received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

This book straddles the 3 star/4 star line for me. I'm sure which side it really falls on. There's a lot of promise in the story, and the world is very intriguing. But for the first 50% or so of the book, I felt bogged down. There were so many threads being laid down that it felt like everything and nothing was happening. So many characters are introduced, so many plot points set up etc etc. I don't know, I felt like there was no
Joyfully Jay
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

Hidden Powers is the first book in the Superordinary Society series, which is a hybrid of shifter romance and magical elements. It’s a spin-off of the author’s Tales of the Harker Pack series. For those who’ve read those novels, there are many scenes with those MCs helping Jazz through some of the trials of this story.

This was an interesting story and I did like it. For me, there was a lot going on, too much at times. The shadowy bad guy seems to be working several
Lena Grey
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Embrace your differences and the qualities about you that you think are weird. Eventually, they're going to be the only things separating you from everyone else.” ~ Sebastian Stan

For as long as he can remember, Jazz Vannessen, of ‘Hidden Powers’ by Tara Lain, has felt out of place. Orphaned at an early age, Jazz is adopted by the Vannessen family, many of whom are werewolves and from that day on, Jazz is treated like their own flesh and blood. Jazz is doing his best to cope. The other males
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

In the first book in a spinoff from the Harker Pack books, Tara Lain introduces a whole new supernatural world and four kick ass heroes and heroines. The Superordinary Society is a mix of extraordinary young humans and supernatural characters with a range of skills and backgrounds. The four join forces during their internship at Vanessen Industries and quickly become inseparable. The hero of this first book is the youngest
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
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Hidden Powers wasn't exactly was I was expecting since I didn't realize it was YA/NA, but TLain exceeded any other expectations I had by taking on another facet of PNR - younger characters. The result was exciting, entertaining, and suspenseful!

I didn't realize that either, but I
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shifters, magic, and an evil overlord with plans for world domination are all jam packed in this masterful story of family, friendship and love.

Jazz swears he sees apparitions and he faints at inopportune times and of course he has to meet the hottest guy ever while his life is in a blender. It was hard to stop myself from chewing my nails off. What IS going on in this world? There are so many threads to pull and unravel and stuff we learn that just made me sink deeper and argh! Tara structured
Got a little Teen Titans towards the end--I gave up when they spent a few pages trying to name their super group.
Duncan Husky
DNF at 27%. Maybe if I’d read the Harker pack books this would be more interesting, but I just don’t care about these people or what happens to them. Time to move on.
books are love
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

Tara lain has written a very interesting and attention grabbing book. What I like the most is that this is different from other of her books for it deals with late teens boys and doesn’t have steamy scenes. We get more exploration of who we are, friendship, family, love, loyalty and discovery of self. We have attraction between Jazz and Dash and it shows us how strong and deep it is and we get one intimate scene but not where we have full intimacy but
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Powers is a fun sweet YA paranormal fantasy spin off from the author’s Harker Pack series. I love that there is a m/m love interest reminiscent of Vanyel from Mercedes Lackey’s Last Herald Mage series (which I absolutely adore). The heroes and heroines of the newly formed Superordinary Society are in their late teens early 20’s except BeBop he is 15 going on 40. These extraordinary young folks are going to change the world. I enjoyed watching them come together and can’t wait to see where ...more
Patricia Nelson
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! In my opinion, this was a richly detailed, powerful, engaging, grab-you-by-the-feels, awesome, fast paced, action packed, fantastic, and totally awesome start to an intriguing new series.
Joscelyn Smith
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tara Lain has once again given readers a well-written tale. This is an amazing series starter. The great cast of characters (main and secondary) and the engaging storyline, that kept me guessing, made this a page turning read. A very enjoyable read and I am so looking forward to the next book in the series.

*I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book*
Jun 11, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 21%.
I'm sorely disappointed with this book. It starts with the info dump and proceeds to nowhere. I could not make sense of the plot though I did read Harker Pack series. I've got bored with the flowery telling, teenage lingo and simplified sentences that maybe cater to the younger audience?

This review best explains all my issues with the book and reasons I DNF'd:
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’m used to better quality from this author. This is just badly written. Infodumps, awkward teen slang, plot holes and logic leaps ... . I also didn’t care for the love story which clearly wasn’t the focus of this story. Actually, I don’t think you can call this paranormal romance.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Hidden Powers is the first book in a brand new series called Superordinary Society by Tara Lain. This is the first paranormal book that I’ve read by Tara Lain. I love reading her contemporary books, and so I thought that I would give this one a try. I liked it and thought that it was a good start to a promising new series. I figured with it being a young adult book that it would be light on the romantic side of things, and so it
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifters, paranormal
3.25 Stars!

I've read several of Tara Lain's books, but this one was very different than her usual stuff, and hard to get into at the beginning. While it's a new series, it relies on some events that occurred in the Tales of the Harker Pack series. Unfortunately, it's been 4 years since I read those books and recalling the characters and plots that were relevant to this one was difficult. I felt like I was dropped into the middle of a series, and while the relevant background could have been
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
While not exactly what I thought I was getting (it's YA/NA rather than adult) Hidden Powers was a delight! TLain impressed me, yet again, delving into a new facet of the paranormal genre (YA/NA) with exciting and entertaining results!


Hidden Powers wasn’t exactly was I was expecting since I didn’t realize it was YA/NA, but TLain exceeded any other expectations I had by taking on another facet of PNR – younger characters. The result was exciting, entertaining, and suspenseful!

TLain excels at
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing

There are several ways that you could choose to enjoy this book. Firstly, it can be read as the first story in a new series. I wouldn’t really call it a standalone, since Jazz and Dash still have much more story ahead of them, but though Jazz isn’t a new character to Tara Lain fans, meeting him for the first time in this book will still work.

However, I really think the best way to read this would be to read the Tales of the Harker Pack series first. It’s only three books long and Jazz
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I did find out, like others, that this series is a spin-off of the Harker Pack series and while it made me curious about the characters from that series that appeared in this one, I don't feel like I lost anything by not reading that series first. Also because I didn't read that series, I had no idea of how these characters especially the main character Jazz would behave other than what is presented here. And I like what I read so this might be a win win as far as what I've seen in other ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightfully fun YA romp in the world of magic and supernaturals. Action packed adventure of self awareness and fighting the bad guys creates a really fun read. The story-line was engaging and kept me reading the entire book in one sitting. The characters were well crafted and i really loved both Jazz and Dash. It was awesome to read about the previous MC's from the original series.

This is the long awaited spin off to the Tales of the Harker Pack, which i loved. The readers of that series met a
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, paranormal
Pretty solid paranormal YA, with a two-fold mystery at its centre - what is the MC and who wants to kill him and hurt his family?

Yes, the info dumb was terrible. Yes, I could clearly see where I was supposed to know the side characters from other series and rejoice at seeing them in the book.

But you know what? There is a magical technique called skimming and if you feel it would help you enjoy the book more? Well, where's the harm in that? Obviously, it means the book is not that great but I
Gabrielle Lee
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
This is a sweet story about a young man coming of age and finding just how special he truly is. With the help of some special friends Jazz begins his journey to find not only himself but those that are threatening his family. With each new strange thing that happens Jazz must decide on who to trust and who to rely on. Emotions soon come into play and Jazz may have found his other half, but will they ever get the chance to explore their relationship?

While this is a new series it is also a
I started reading this book and was confused in the very beginning. I, like most, went back and checked to see if I was missing something. There were so many characters that it was somewhat confusing. I stuck with it though. I tend to like to read around half a book before giving up. I'm glad I did.

First, I'll let everyone know that this is a new series. It is just a spin-off of another series. I didn't read the other series. So, I was at a disadvantage. I will tell everyone willing to stick
Buffy Kennedy
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the characters, as I always do from Tara Lain, but the story was a little harder to get into. Once I did, it was fun and interesting, but it starts out a little confusing. This is a the first story in a spin-off from the Harker Tales series, so it definitely helps if you've read those books, though the important parts are explained as needed.

The mystery is great, and the society is fascinating. I look forward to more stories of each of them and learning more about what they are and what
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having read the author's Harker series, and loved it, I really looked forward to Jazz's story. Have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I suspect that it was probably written to appeal to the YA generation, but it didn't stop me appreciating it. There's a lot of magic and mystery, and lots of beautiful boys, of course. There isn't a HEA, but, as it's the beginning of a series, I wasn't surprised by this. I loved all of the characters, especially Jazz, and it was great to become reacquainted
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed parts of this book but in a very unlike me move I stopped part way through for a couple of weeks before coming back to it. I found that the first portion of the book moved slowly- there was a lot of set up and back story (and yet with all that back story I still yet I needed to read the related books about the siblings to get a better idea of what was going on- which I wasn't a huge fan of). I enjoyed the ensemble nature of the book but I ended it confused about who was what and ...more
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Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara had the first novel she ever wrote accepted for publication in 2011. She’s now on book 45 and counting. After an exotic life of travel all over the world ...more